A while back while shopping at an eco-friendly boutique in Alaska, I purchased the cutest re-usable coffee cup sleeve to adorn my Starbucks cup on my frequent trips for coffee. I think I paid about $16 for it, (a small price to pay for a chic coffee cup accessory...right?? I keep it in my purse, for those occasions when I forget my travel mug. Not only does it keep my hands from getting burnt when I order my beverage of choice, a "Grande, Americano, extra hot, with 2 raw sugars and a little bit of cream"...it looks pretty on my cup. I must admit, the fashion is probably more important to me then the functionally.
I have an abundance of felt, so last night when I was sipping my hot tea (burning my fingers on my mug) and trying to think of a Valentine craft, I remembered my fashionable coffee sleeve and decided to try making one. Below is a picture of one of the finished sleeves I whipped up, as well as directions on how to make your own. I think some of my friends just might be getting these as Valentine gifts!
|"Olive you" coffee sleeve|
Disposable coffee sleeve for pattern
needle and thread
Heat and Bond fusible interfacing
1) Using the paper coffee sleeve as a guide, trace on the felt, around the coffee sleeve.
3) Draw or trace letters or a pattern of your choice on the outside coffee sleeve and cut out. I am planning on doing a HIS and HERS coffee sleeve set, so on this one I cut out the letters H-I-S.
5) I found a coordinating piece of fabric and placed it behind the cutout letters. I placed the fabric between the two pieces of felt that I originally cut out from the coffee sleeve pattern. (the "inside" and "outside" felt coffee sleeve cutouts). Following the directions accompanying the fusible interfacing or "heat and bond", iron the cutouts onto the outside or front of the coffee sleeve.
7) Fold your felt coffee sleeve over the pattern sleeve to determine the correct finished size of your sleeve. Hand stitch the ends of the sleeve together using needle and thread.
Ta-da! You have just created your very own re-usable coffee cup accessory!
|HIS mustache felt coffee sleeve|